Malawi response forum discusses Scaling Up Nutrition successes and challenges
On 25 February 2016, the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS (DNHA) called a Malawi multi-sectoral nutrition response forum to discuss Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) successes and challenges in an effort to improve the nutritional status of Malawians in general.
According to the Permanent Secretary of Nutrition, HIV and Aids Dr. Mary Shawa who opened the workshop on Thursday morning at Bingu International Conference Centre, “Development and in this case nutritional status change is all about contact.”
“We have done extremely well on advocating for and developing nutritional guidelines, policies and standards, but until we are able to move from theory to practice, we will continue to record the high stunting and malnutrition cases noted among the Malawian general population,” – Mary Shawa, Permanent Secretary of Nutrition, HIV and Aids.
“I cannot stress enough the need for all stakeholders to work together to avoid duplication of effort and this can only be attained by respecting and working with the existing community structures.” – Felix Pensulo Phiri, Director of Nutrition and SUN Government Focal Point.
The goal of the workshop was to bring all nutrition stakeholders in Malawi together to share experience, learn best practices from each other and implement the same across the country thus improving the nutritional status of Malawians as a whole.